The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
-John 10:10 (KJV)
Satan is always on the lookout to cause you and I to stumble. Often times, we don't even realize the work of satan until it's done. In John 10, Jesus is talking about being the door to Heaven, of being the Good Shepherd and about laying down His life for the sheep. In the midst of all this, verse 10 appears. Verse 10 contrasts the work of satan and the work of Jesus.
The first part of verse 10 focuses on the work of satan. Jesus says, "The theif cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy:" These, my friends, are the works of the devil. He comes to steal. Steal the joy of your salvation, they joy of your relationship with Jesus and other Christians. Satan comes to kill your relationship with other believers and your family. He comes to kill the work of Jesus and the Spirit in your life. He comes to destroy your relationship with God. He comes to destroy your walk and your witness for Jesus. There is no good think found in the work of satan, and we must avoid giving him the opportunity to steal, kill and destroy in our lives.
The last part of verse 10 focuses on the work of Jesus. Jesus says, "I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." Jesus comes to give us life, abundant life. This teaches me that, through Jesus, our lives will produce the fruit of the Spirit, our lives will bring praise and glory to Jesus, our lives will result in us growing into the people He called us to be.
Here is the question: Are you going to allow satan to steal, kill and destroy your life in Jesus? Are you going to allow satan to steal, kill and destroy your fruit, your praise and your growth? Or, are you going to live your life in Christ to the fullest? Are you going to produce fruit, bring praise to Jesus and grow into the person He wants you to be? Think About It.
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